Working in Schools has changed dramatically in the last 5 years. Issues facing Schools are grave issues. We want to help
We care passionately about advancing equality of opportunity and fairness for all .We are motivated by a desire for our children not to suffer, in modern Britain, the same issues many of us suffered in the 70’s, 80s and ‘90’s.
2015 saw the introduction of the latest Ofsted framework and a new School Duty to prevent persons becoming involved in terrorism.
As with the Investors in Diversity Award, the Investors in Diversity for Schools Award is a national equality standard which provides an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) framework designed to help schools review their current EDI approaches and plan further development and embedding.
We currently offer four specially designed, high-quality e-learning training programmes based around the following topics:
Our team of highly-trained and experienced consultants are able to work with your school should you need support with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) matters
The introduction of the latest Ofsted inspection framework has led to significant changes with respect to SMSC, British Values, preventing radicalisation, Equality Diversity and Inclusion.
“The Elephant in the classroom cannot be ignored”
SMSC, British Values, Preventing Radicalism and PSHE are the 4 legs of the elephant – in other words, the new 2015 Ofsted framework.
Today, Equality, diversity and inclusion is a very important part of almost all bids and tenders for public sector funding. Getting it wrong could jeopardise your chances of winning the bid.
You may think that you know all about the project or services that you are delivering i.e. operations, delivery of objectives and targets against the criterion etc.
In 2010 we saw the introduction of the Equality Act 2010 and the establishment by the Act of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).
The Equality Act 2010 was by far the most expansive equality legislation ever in the UK – bringing together 116 pieces of pre-existing legislation. It contained a new Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), which brought a previously unparalleled duty to become proactive in terms of how organisations approach equality.
The PSED is made of:
- The 3 aims of the ‘General Duty’, which are summarised below.
- Specific duties to create one or more equality objectives in compliance with the 3 aims paraphrased below and to publish equality information (above 150 staff).
– Eliminating discrimination, harassment, and victimisation for those that share a protected characteristic.
– Advancing equality & opportunity regarding people and groups with a protected characteristic.
– Fostering good relationships between protected & unprotected groups and individuals by tackling prejudice & promoting understanding.
Compliance with the PSED is not just for Public Authorities; Schools must also comply. We are strong in our belief that the PSED is a meaningful stimulus to create real and needed culture change in Schools.
What Schools need to do?
Because of the importance of this area of work Schools should take a project management approach and carry forward the 9 action points below:
- Appoint a School leader to oversee this work.
- Assess your starting position on SMSC, FBV,PR,PSHE and EDI.
- Fill any gaps
- Access good or best practice.
- Ensure staff are knowledgeable, competent and confident
- Create a measurable plan to include promoting all 4 areas.
- Monitor success.
- Collate evidence
- Re-assess and do the same again.
Tools to support you.
The National Centre for Diversity has created two diagnostic tools to help you.
- The NCFD Ofsted Inspection Diagnostic which helps you impact assess the 4 legs.
- ‘Investors in Diversity for Schools’ which helps you carry out an Equality Impact Assessment.
What is the NCFD Ofsted Inspection Diagnostic?
- Its an online survey
- Its entirely mapped across the new Ofsted framework.
- Helps you assess strengths and improvement areas in relation to SMSC, FBV,PR and PSHE.
- Gives you valuable facts, stats and feedback.
- Helps you become proactive in relation to Ofsted.
- We can provide you with after support if you need it.
How does the NCFD Ofsted Inspection Diagnostic work?
- Its all on line – we send links by e-mail
- Three surveys for Leaders, Teaching staff and pupils.
- Takes 30- 45 minutes
- Gives you a full report
- Helps you become proactive in relation to Ofsted
Investors in Diversity for Schools’
- For Ofsted you assess embedding of EDI in the classroom.
- Enables you to conduct a culture/equality impact assessment.
- Helps you identify any gaps
- Helps you easily identify your equality objectives.
- Prestigious recognition.
How Investors in Diversity for Schools works.
- Diagnostic Surveys sent out to all staff
- Staff take 20 minutes to complete
- Results collated and analysed.
- If successful your School will achieve Investors in Diversity for Schools Stage 1 or Stage 2
- Award valid for 2 years.
For help please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at SMSC@iiduk.org
Ofsted have given huge importance to what the National Centre for Diversity is calling the “Four legs of the elephant in the classroom” as enumerated below:
- Fundamental British Values
- Preventing radicalisation
Getting these wrong will land Schools in serious trouble. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are golden threads that run right through everything that happens in Schools particularly with the ‘4 legs’ above.
We live in times, which are like no other. Schools are still very often brilliant, lively, creative and exciting places to work and are places in which a solitary teacher can change the lives of the children they interact with. However, it is arguable this is the most difficult time to work in Schools.
The socio-political context is making it increasingly a difficult job as a exhausted Head confirmed recently when he said “ The demands of the job are more than they have ever been. I want to explore other opportunities”.
Teachers have now to teach in the context of different frameworks, different pieces of legislation and frequently changing inspection frameworks.
In July 2015 we saw the introduction of a new duty on Schools to “Prevent persons from becoming involved in terrorism”. The duty was enshrined within the scarily named ‘Counter-terrorism and Security Act 2015’. What is even scarier is the fact that Teachers failing to do their duty could receive up to 5 years in prison.
We have new concepts that Schools have to embrace, unpick, understand and cascade through the School into approaches to teaching and actually into teaching practice. The new concepts include ‘Fundamental British values’ (FBV), preventing radicalisation, extremism – how the language in Schools has changed.
FBV has to be taught effectively. FBV needs to be routed through the SMSC agenda. SMSC has been bolstered and has been given an arguably unprecedented level of significance in Ofsted’s latest Common Inspection framework. So now, SMSC has to be in the DNA of every School. It can be a bolt on or one of those things you tick off because it is an on-going journey and never will be ticked off.
Academies can have funding pulled if they fail in their duties around the ‘four legs’ – it’s that serious.
A survey carried out by the EHRC at the end of 2012 found that four fifths of Schools were failing to comply with their duties as prescribed by the 2010 Equality Act and the ‘Public Sector Equality Duty’ (PSED) as contained within the act.
We have spoken to literally hundreds of School leaders at various conferences and events that we have and only a small handful had even heard of the PSED let alone knew of the dire consequences of paying due regard.
By not complying Schools therefore are leaving themselves open to disgruntled teachers taking them to tribunals, parents and even children reporting them to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Teachers unions are telling is that they are advising their members to use the fact that their School has not fulfilled its PSED duty against them in tribunals.
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